Making a Fresh Start with Morning Devotions

Fresh-year-fresh-start1It’s time for the first Fresh Year, Fresh Start MckLinky roundup.  This week the focus was on making a fresh start in our spiritual walk, and I made the commitment to start getting up 30 minutes early to have devotions before the morning rat race begins.  I honestly don’t know why I haven’t done this before.  Well, I have, actually, I’ve just never made it a habit that sticks.  I know four days is certainly nothing to get cocky about, but I’m hoping I can keep it up because it has been such a nice way to start the day, and spending time with the Lord is an essential part of the Christian walk.

Yesterday I was at the gym run/walking (okay, so it was more walking than running, but you’ve gotta start somewhere) on the treadmill (another New Years un-resolution I’ve kept this week — 2 for 2, WOOT!) and I was simultaneously listening to music on my iPod and watching the three television shows via closed captioning.  I’ve got talent, what can I say?  The middle station was tuned to the 700 Club or something like it, and while that’s not a show I would typically choose to watch, it easily trumped Rachel Ray talking about how to get bigger b00bs with an herbal supplement and someone bawling her eyes out on Maury Povich.  #thestateofmorningTVisdecliningrapidly

Any-WHO.  The lady who was on said something that struck me.  This isn’t new to me, but maybe it will be to someone here.  She said that Christianity is the only religion where the god wants to have a relationship with us. I had a friend in college who put it this way, Christianity isn’t a religion; it’s a relationship.

Now, I wouldn’t say the two are mutually exclusive, and I would claim that it is both, but I get her point.  Without the relationship with our savior, Christianity is just another set of rules that we can never hope to keep perfectly.  But to think that God actually desires to know us is absolutely mind-boggling, if you think about it, although I shudder to think of how many times I have shoved him to the back burner of my life like the piles of laundry that I don’t want to make time for.

This is not to say that the only way we can talk to God is when we sit down and make a specific time for him.  I have always talked to God throughout my day, and I love that.  But setting aside time each morning to focus on him and his word to the exclusion of the computer and the housework and the pleas of the children brings the relationship to a whole new level.

When I started this, I was worried that my 4-year-old, who still sleeps with me, and who tends to wake up whenever my feet hit the floor, would end up accompanying me, but I’ve been able to sneak out of the room without her.

One morning, though, she came down right as I was finishing up, and of course she was curious about what I was doing.  I explained to her that the Bible is how God speaks to us, and praying is how we talk to him.  Well then she wanted me to read to her from the Bible and pray with her, and of course I was happy to oblige.  So not only have my devotions blessed me this week, but they provided a teaching moment with one of my children as well.

If you’d like to read more posts from those participating in the Fresh Year, Fresh Start series, you can visit Kristi at Run the Earth, Watch the Sky.  She’s got a MckLinky going, and anyone who participates in any of the three weeks is eligible to win a free blog makeover from DCR Design.  While you’re freshening up everything, you might as well give your blog a fresh start too, right?